Leading off today:
Seniors Julian Tornusciolo and Aidan Burt scored first-half goals off corner kicks by defender Matt Weil to propel Lansing to a 4-0 victory over Keshequa on Saturday, putting the Bobcats within one victory of their third straight NYSPHSAA boys Class C soccer title in Middletown.
Sam Panzer and Connor Watts each added a goal in the second half as Lansing advanced to Sunday's final vs. Rhinebeck.
"It's great and everyone wants to get the three-peat, as we're calling it," Panzer said. "It's an opportunity to do something special and everybody is excited."
Keshequa entered the game ranked fourth in the state and Lansing fourth.
Meanwhile, another bid for a third straight title ended a game short of the final as Chazy fell to Mount Academy 2-1 in the Class D semifinals in what is fast becoming an annual series between the squads. They played to a 1-1 tie in the 2017 title game and Chazy was a 3-0 victory in last season's final.
Mount Academy's Benson Arnold hit a post and Connor Huleatt blasted the rebound into the back of the net with 14:41 to go in the first half. Arnold tapped in a Matt Rimes cross just under five minutes into the second half.
Chazy got a Joey deOndarza goal with 17:57 remaining in regulation but was unable to tack on an equalizer.
"They were very big and physical," Chazy coach Rob McAuliffe said. "They are a very strong team, and we did the absolute best we possibly could in this game."
Top-ranked squads stymied: Rye and Bath, ranked No. 1 in the state in Classes A and B, respectively, saw their seasons end in the semifinals.
Jordan Miller scored two goals and Ari Kantorowitz had another to lead Jericho to a 3-0 win over Rye. The two scored a minute apart less than 10 minutes into the game and Jake Levy posted the shutout in goal to advance the Jayhawks to the final vs. Greece Athena.
"That's been our M.O. the whole season," Miller said of the early offense. “When we start slow, it's always a tougher game. But when we score early, we score in bunches. It's what we do best."
Bath was a 3-1 loser at the hands of Skaneateles in Class B. Sophomore forward Owen Cheney tallied twice in the second half and the Lakers won by more than a goal for the first time since the opening round of the Section 3 tournament.
Bath had advantages of 11-4 in shots and 11-3 in corner kicks, but Cheney's goal with 4:54 to go was too much for the Rams to overcome.
The Lakers are now one win away from capturing their first state title since 2010 and second overall.
"We have the pieces and the recipe to make it happen," coach Aaron Moss said. "We tried to give them the best chance to be successful. The guys, they believe, so if they can handle it physically and dial back in tomorrow, it's anybody's game."
Playing to a verdict: The last time Spencerport and Pearl River met in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls Class A soccer tournament, the teams played through regulation and four overtime periods before being declared co-champions.